Obituary: Joshua Nadel – Lewiston Sun Journal

Joshua Nadel

AUGUSTA – Joshua Nadel, 74, died on October 16, 2021 at the Alfond Health Center in Augusta. He had resided in Augusta for a long time and had already resided in Auburn for many years. Josh was born May 26, 1947 in Plainfield, New Jersey, the son of the late Harold A. and Sylvia (Reich) Nadel. He graduated from Arts High School, a selective school of fine arts in Newark, New Jersey. After high school, he attended Pratt University and Syracuse University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree. Josh continued his studies at Alfred University in New York where he obtained a master’s degree in fine arts. Josh joined the University of Maine at Augusta in 1975 as one of the first members of the university’s art faculty. He has made contributions to the WBU campus not only through his teachings and influence on the work of his students, but also with his own sculpture and art. Josh later became the dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and advocated for a strong liberal arts program. During his tenure as Dean, Josh developed the WBU Associate and Bachelor of Liberal Studies degrees to provide students with the opportunity for a broad and versatile education. He strongly supported distance learning and worked to make post-secondary education available in places where Maine citizens were underserved. Josh was appointed Rector and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2001. He oversaw the WBU’s first truly comprehensive strategic plan and was a WBU champion throughout the University of Maine system. He laid the groundwork for the architecture program and served as academic director responsible for the integration of UMA and University College Bangor, guiding changes in governance, communication, scheduling and staffing on two campuses. Josh has dedicated his professional life to WBU with his commitment to its students, staff and faculty. He was thoughtful, he had vision and perseverance, and he was guided by his core belief in the ability of higher education to enrich people’s lives. Josh was highly regarded and well respected by his peers, students, and the University of Maine community. Josh was a present, committed, supportive and loving father to four stepchildren, Lara, Louis, Ross and James. He instinctively knew how to be a father in the most loving and intuitive way and loved his children with all his heart as if they were his own. He was an extraordinary man who will be remembered for his sense of humor, his amazing artwork and sculptures, his delicious food and colorful Hawaiian shirts, his love of dancing, boogie-woogie blues music. and fast cars, along with his wise advice and unconditional love. . Josh was a devoted and loyal son who, along with his brother, cared for their mother in his later years. He is survived by his brother David Nadel and his wife Ann Bowman of Saratoga Springs, New York, his stepchildren Lara (Talarico) and her husband Arthur Anthony of Lincoln, Massachusetts, Louis Talarico III and his wife Lesley (Roberston) d ‘Austin. , Texas, Ross Talarico and his wife Amy (Matthews) of El Cerrito, Calif., And James Lasso of Augusta, Maine. He had seven grandchildren Jacob, Lucas, Elsa, Jack, Henry, Harper and Scarlett whom he loved very much. Josh has always said that his stepchildren and grandchildren were “sheer joy” to him. A celebration of Josh’s life will be held at the University of Maine in Augusta at a later date. Arrangements are in the hands of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St., Augusta, where condolences can be shared with the family on the website obituary page at instead of flowers, donations in memory of Josh can be made by check payable to: “UMA – Joshua Nadel Memorial Scholarship Fund” and mailed to the University of Maineat Augusta, President’s Office, C / O Joyce Blanchard, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330. Donations can also be made in memory of Josh for ankylosing spondylitis research through the Spondylitis Association of America.

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